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Online Storytime

Miss Kristen and Miss Ruth tell stories and sing songs related to the number 3. Enjoy CPL storytime favorites like the magic box, Miss Ruth's guitar, Miss Kristen telling "The Three Bears," and Miss Ruth saying goodbye to all our friends.

Special thanks to the young patrons of Canton Public Library for clapping, stomping, and playing peekaboo in the video!

How to Buy (and Recharge) a Copy Card

If you need to print at the library, this video will show you how to purchase a copy card and add funds to it as needed.
Transcript below:

Hi, I'm Colleen. We are going to purchase a copy card here at the library.
A copy card is different than your library card.

Purchasing a Card

To get a copy card you need a dollar bill – you can’t have anything larger, or no coins
And you put the dollar in the machine [The black machine to the left]
and actually George has to face the sorting room there [to the right]
Face up
And there you’ll see – whoop! – the card going on the floor
This is what the copy card looks like

Reloading Value on Cards

And sometimes you’ll need to add value to the copy card
The card itself costs a dollar: fifty cents for the card, and fifty cents is preloaded on the card itself
So you get five copies upfront
So if you need more money, you use the machine here. [The machine on the right]
You insert your card – the arrow facing the wall
And it will show you the value on here, which is fifty cents
And in order to add value you just put your dollar in the card machine here
Face up
And then you’ll see on the machine it says $1.50
In order to get the card out you press this black button
It’ll kinda tease you there; it comes out once and then it’ll come out twice
So you have $1.50 on the copy card
So you’re all set to go to pick up your print job!

Super Bowl 45 Coming Soon!

Well football fans, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty here in the 2010 to 2011 football season. There are only 23 days left until Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas. Are you gearing up for the big event? Have you bought all your cheesy snacks and carbonated beverages yet? Is your favorite team going to be the one to raise the trophy at the end of the night? For all the latest and greatest information concerning this year's Super Bowl event, check out the official website here. I'm on pins and needles… are you?

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.

Big Chill at the Big House!

The University of Michigan and Michigan State ice hockey teams continue their Cold War in the Big Chill on Saturday, December 11th at 3:00PM. It all happens at the University of Michigan Stadium where officials are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for attendance at an outdoor hockey game. If you can't get to the game you'll have an opportunity to skate at the Big House on Sunday December 12th!

A new account

What are the advatages of having an account over a patrons account. what are the differences?

Baby story time

Hi, I would like to register my two months old baby in the baby story time conducted on Wednesdays. The website shows that the program is full. By any chance can you please include my baby in this activity. It will help him a lot to socialize with people. Appreciate your help Thanks Akila N

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

Plymouth Canton Timebank looking for Coordinator

Wanted: Plymouth-Canton area Timebank Coordinator
To run the day-to-day operation of the Plymouth-Canton area Time Bank by recruiting and nurturing members, matching them with requirements, and keeping time credit accounts. To engage and develop relationships with local partners, and build the reputation and effectiveness of the Time Bank. Part-time 5 -10 hours/week paid position with room for expansion. Must be a Canton or Plymouth resident.

The closing date for expressions of interest will be Friday, October 29th, 2010.

Please send an email detailing your experience of below listed requirements to Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion at

If you have any questions about any aspect of this role, please contact us on 800-871-9012 or via email at


Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

30 Notable 30s

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so it seems like the perfect time to note some of the other notable 30s in our history and popular culture:
  • The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually  turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
  • thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991. It centered on the characters of Hope & Michael Steadman as played by Ken Olin and Mel Harris
  • 30 days has September, April, June and November!
  • Zinc's atomic number is 30
  • Aesop's Fables were translated by Phaedrus in the year 30 AD.
  • There are 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average
  • Wisconsin became the 30th U.S. state on May 29, 1848
  • Magglio Ordonez! This Detroit Tiger fan favorite wears the number 30.
  • Chris Osgood! The veteran Detroit Red Wings goalie also wears the number 30
  • The second "point" scored in a tennis game is 30
  • 30 Rock. This Emmy Award winning NBC comedy takes place behind the scenes of a fictional comedy series that airs on NBC. 30 Rockefeller Center is also the real address of the GE Building in New York City where the real NBC studios are. Got that?
  • 30 days of night is a popular graphic novel by Steve Niles that was made into a film starring Josh Hartnett
  • "Don't trust anyone over thirty" was a popular rallying cry of youth in the 1960s. It was first attributed to Jake Weinberg, the 24-year old leader of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. The actual quote was "We have a saying in the movement that we don’t trust anybody over 30."
  • 30 Minute Meals is a popular show on the Food Network starring Rachel Ray which has spawned several cookbooks
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. This 1944 film starring Spencer Tracy, tells the story of Col. James (Jimmy) Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • The Thirty Days War - also known as the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 - was fought between the Kingdom of Greece and the Ottoman Empire
  • The Thirty Year's Peace was a treaty between the ancient Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta, bringing an end to the First Peloponnesian War. However, it only lasted for thirteen years, starting the second Peloponnesian War
  • Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States
  • Marc Antony and Cleopatra both died in the year 30 BC.
  • Thirty is the minimum age for United States senators
  • Noah's Ark was 30 cubits hight according to the Book of Genesis. What's a cubit? It was the first recorded unit of length and was based on the length of one's forearm
  • The last baseball pitcher to win at least 30 games in one season was Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers. He actually finished with 31 and he did it in 1968 - the same year the Tigers went on to win the World Series in seven games
  • Speaking of baseball, there are currently 30 teams in Major League Baseball - 14 in the American League and 16 in the National League
  • There also 30 teams in the National Hockey League
  • 30 for 30 is a series of ESPN documentaries that chronicle 30 stories that changed the sports world since 1979 (the year the cable station began broadcasting)
  • There were 30 dynasties in ancient Egypt
  • There are 30 variations in Bach's Goldberg Variations
  • William Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 is one of his most well-known. It contains the line "remembrance of things past' which later inspired the title of Marcel Proust's semi-autobiographical novel
  • Nonillion is the number 1 followed by 30 zeroes. As in "I wish I had nonillion dollars!"
  • The notation "-30" has been traditionally used by copy editors and journalists to indicate the end of a story. Or in this case, a blog post. -30

Meeting Minutes - July 15, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:42PM
Present: J. Fausone, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
(NOTE: Quorum was achieved when M. Siegrist arrived at 7:47 p.m.)
Absent: K. Schulz, G. Snow
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

No comments (G. Bell, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, E. Skrzynski, M. Skrzynski, N. Szczepanski)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented, after a quorum was present.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the June 17 meeting were approved as presented, after a quorum was present.


E. Davis indicated that she had received email communication from C. Young that Trustee G. Snow would not attend.

It was confirmed that the Board members had received email from Vice Chair M. Siegrist stating that he would be late in arriving.

Report of the Library Director

E. Davis stated that circulation and traffic figures were down slightly and that while the library was busy, she believes that road construction and the related closure of some sidewalks were responsible. Summer Reading registration was down by approximately 400 people, although just over 300 participants had registered via the new online process; around 3800 registered in person.

Staff members from three departments recently resigned: Dorothy Ham (Circulation Services), Sarah Perry (CTTS) and Debra Finkle (Business Services). Their positions will be filled and notices have been posted.

Old Business


New Business

Discussion of Preliminary 2011 Draft Budget – E. Davis thanked the department heads for their hard work, which resulted in a proposed budget, balanced with neither a contribution from the fund balance nor staff layoffs or furlough days, as was agreed to at the June 17 meeting.

Davis went over the proposal line by line, explaining the information or rationale by which the projected revenues/expenditures in each area were derived.

She stressed that the projected property tax revenue (forecast on the reset millage rate of 1.5437 mills, as requested by the Board at the June 17 meeting) was based on the latest figures from the Township, obtained that week by Gail Bell. Trustee Fausone and Secretary/Treasurer Turner requested property tax revenue figures for 2012 and 2013 be revised and based on the original figures provided by the Township, and Chair Van Auken additionally requested that the assumed property tax collection rate be lowered to 92%.

Trustee Fausone pointed out that, as approximately $375 in expenditures related to the café, the Board might want to re-visit the issue of not charging Jungle Java Express rent when their contract expires again in spring of 2011, and to consider charging for the library’s overhead costs.

Trustee Fausone questioned the contingency fees in specific lines. Davis provided an overview of the need for contingency in specific areas of the Information Technology budget based on special needs that have arisen in past years. This year, for example, we are considering replacing an aging wireless system, with contingency funds, in order to defer the expense in future years. Contingency funds are returned to the general fund if special needs do not occur.

Papa provided examples of why contingencies are needed for 850 Telecommunications and 942B Rental (Copiers/Printing) in the 2011 budget: Changes in service for these funds that have resulted in costs savings over the past year, have also resulted in recent changes to billing, which has made it difficult to project exact costs in future years. Davis added that the 2009 budget had also had contingency fees built in; the money was not needed in the end and was, in fact, added to the fund balance at the end of the year.

Trustee Fausone stated that he would like the Board to discuss the philosophical issues of an updated salary survey. He acknowledged that the $1500 expenditure falls within the $10,000 limit for the Director to expend funds without a Board vote, but indicated he would ask the Board to vote in August or September on removing that expenditure from the 2011 budget. Rzetelny explained that biennial updates of the salary schedule that was adopted in 2009 will cost the library less in the long run vs. updating the entire survey in a future year.

While there was again no money for out-of-state travel in the budget, and that for in-state conferences reduced, Davis explained that professional memberships in various organizations had led to several grants won in 2010, and so those memberships will be retained.

Secretary/Treasurer Turner questioned the need for community promotion expenditures. Davis explained that the money was used for items (like water bottles) passed out at events like Business Expo, to raise awareness of the library and reach groups identified in the Strategic Plan with whom we have had trouble making inroads (like business people), and for events like Patron Celebration Day.

Trustee Fausone questioned the projected property tax refund amounts for 2012 and 2013, suggesting that, since the Michigan Tax Tribunal is so backed up, estimates based on current numbers might be too low. Davis said that only $13,793 of the $60,000 budgeted for refunds in 2010 had had to be paid out so far, and that the amount budgeted for future years is based on the library’s anticipated exposure. Trustee Fausone asked for that line item to be increased.

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 8:59PM

Art Cloth

Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.


Do you have a shredder which is available to the public like a printer, copier or scanner? Have several old personal documents to shred, and this job is too much for my little shredder at home. Any suggestions? Thank you, Diane Hubbs

Log-In Page

Hello. There is a log-out tab, on top of another link that says something like 'S------- Purchase', the word before purchase, is not visible, because of the log-out tab that is covered by it.

Our New Sorting System

Over the past few months we've been hard at work on a new sorting system, which you can now see through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section.

Items returned through the outdoor book drop are identified and checked back in, then the belts and rollers put them in the appropriate bins with others of their type. This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves.

This, along with other improvements, equates to faster turn-around of items, getting you the books and more you want - quicker than ever.

Scott Pilgrim vs. ...You

Excited for the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie coming out in August? Well check out the Scott Pilgrim avatar creator! Or, scope out the original graphic novels that spawned the movie. They're hilarious! They're action packed. They're... full of obscure video game references... Yeah, you know you want to read them.

Reading with Plymouth Whaler, RJ Mahalak

Plymouth Whaler, RJ Mahalak, has such a great time reading he's coming back to share some more of his favorite stories! Registration not required.
Program Date: Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00-2:30PM

registration for summer reading

Is it possible to sign up online for summer reading program for babies?

Fishy Books

With books like these, who needs a Nemo movie?

A fishy story by text by Gail Donovan ; illustrations by David Austin Clar Studio

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins

Professor Bumble and the monster of the deep by Daniel Napp ; translated by Hilary Schmitt-Thomas

There was an old lady who swallowed a trout by Teri Sloat ; illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

Rainbow Fish discovers the deep sea by Marcus Pfister

The fish who cried wolf by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The three little fish and the big bad shark by Ken Geist ; illustrated by Julia Gorton

Fish kisses and gorilla hugs by Marianne Richmond

The birthday fish by Dan Yaccarino

Faucet fish by Fay Robinson; illustrated by Wayne Anderson

Ten little fish by Audrey Wood ; illustrated by Bruce Wood

Rainbow Fish 1, 2, 3 by Marcus Pfister

A fish named Spot by [written and illustrated] by Jennifer P. Goldfinger

Have your own suggestions? Leave them in the comments for others to enjoy!